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Whistling for Plover


Published 1874
Topics art, American Art


The Philadelphia Realist painter Thomas Eakins executed exhibition watercolors during a brief period of his career. In this bird-hunting scene set in the marshes of southern New Jersey, he used dry, tightly controlled brushstrokes to model his central figure and more fluid washes for the landscape. While the subject matter and academic approach (including extensive preparatory studies) parallel his work in oil, the artist preferred watercolor for this sun-drenched picture because it allowed him to paint “in a much higher key with all the light possible.”

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Identifier brooklynmuseum-o2869-whistling-for-plover
Caption Thomas Eakins (American, 1844-1916). Whistling for Plover, 1874. Transparent watercolor and small touches of opaque watercolor over graphite on cream, moderately thick, moderately textured wove paper., 11 5/16 x 16 11/16 in. (28.7 x 42.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund, 25.656
Creator Thomas Eakins
Credit Museum Collection Fund
Date 1874
Dimensions 11 5/16 x 16 11/16 in. (28.7 x 42.4 cm); Frame: 24 x 30 x 1 1/2 in. (61 x 76.2 x 3.8 cm)
Mediatype image
Medium Transparent watercolor and small touches of opaque watercolor over graphite on cream, moderately thick, moderately textured wove paper.
Rights No known copyright restrictions
Signature Signed lower right: "Eakins 74"
Publicdate 2010-04-12 22:25:30
Addeddate 2010-04-12 22:25:30
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